Catholic Bible Commission Pakistan (CBCP)

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Official name Catholic Bible Commission Pakistan (CBCP).
Country / Continent Pakistan / Asia
Director of the institute Fr. Emmanuel Asi.
Legal holder of the institute Pakistan Catholic Bishops’ Conference.
Sponsor of the institute Pakistan Catholic Bishops’ Conference.
Year of foundation 2002.
Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers) Employees: 7

Freelancers: 3

Staff members of your institute 1 cleric

6 lay people

Contact Post Box 5035

Model Town



Tel: 0092 42 359 22611


Particulars of your pastoral institute

Official name

Catholic Bible Commission Pakistan (CBCP).

Director of the institute

Fr. Emmanuel Asi.

Legal holder of the institute

Pakistan Catholic Bishops’ Conference.

Pakistan Catholic Bishops’ Conference.

Vision / mission statement

In view of teaching of the Church; To bring People of Pakistan closer to the Word of God and Word of God closer to the People of Pakistan.

Main areas of work

Translating and publishing Word of God in local and national language; Providing Catholic Exegesis to believers; Training Families, Communities and Groups for Lectio Divina; Encouraging and supporting Bible Study in Parishes, Preparing and providing auxiliary material, Ecumenical working together for the ministry of the Word of God.

Addressees of your work (course participants[1])

Religious, Clergy; Catechists, Seminarians, Sunday School and Religion Teachers; Lay Ministries, Parish Groups.

Year of foundation


Organisational structure of the institute

National Board

Office Bearer

Chairperson (Bishop)

Executive Secretary

Members: One from each Diocese.

Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers)

Employees: 7

Freelancers: 3

Staff members of your institute[2]

Executive Secretary – Diocesan Priest

Admin. and Program Coordinator (lay woman)

Office Secretary (lay woman)

Text Reader (lay man)

Proof Reader (lay Man)

Composer (lay man)

Office/Domestic maintenance (lay woman)

Qualifications of staff members of your institute

Executive Secretary – Licentiate in Sacred Scriptures

Admin. and Program Coordinator – Master in Science an Computer

Office Secretary – Bacholarate and Computer

Text Reader – Bacholarate

Proof Reader – Bacholarate

Composer – Computer

Office/Domestic maintenance – Housewife.

Questions relating to the work of your institute

What pastoral options do you feel obliged to?

To make Word of God accessible to every Christian believer and family.

What are the pastoral focus areas of your institute?

Word of God for everyone (Children Youth, Women … etc…); Holy Bible for every person; Reading bible daily, Reading Bible continuously.

What pastoral aims does your institute pursue?

Church centred around and Spirituality based on the Word of God.

What pastoral services does your institute provide?

Publishing Holy Bible; Bible Promotion Program; Biblical Apostolate; Bible Study programs; Strengthening different pastoral ministries with the Word of God; Training for Biblical languages.

What pastoral processes have you initiated or accompanied recently?

Reaching out to laity in their Parishes; Celebration of Bible Days/Sunday; Bible Processions; Bible Enthronement; Bible Exhibition, Bible Quiz; Bible Dramas/Tableau.

What does this mean for the areas of catechesis, deaconry and liturgy?

Bible centred Catechesis; Centrality of the Word of God in the life and ministries of the Church; More and better focus on the Word of God during liturgy.

What notion of God inspires your work?

God’s interest in intervening and guiding humanity; God’s dialogues with human persons in context and history. He communicates, speaks and invites a human response; God’s ‘contextuality’ in human history.

In how far does Christian spirituality shape your work?

Implications of Incarnation and Culture of Resurrection; Demands of Discipleship; Demands of Contextual and experiential response in day to day life.

What processes do you use or develop to analyse reality? How are these elaborated and how are they linked to pastoral care? How do you pass these processes on?

Taking Word of God as point of departure; through contextual and cultural analysis, with the help of modern tools of exegesis and in line with the Church Pronouncements on the Word of God.

What prophetic approaches does the institute put into practice with a view to shaping society?

Societal transformation on the basis of and through Faith reading of the word of God.

What does the work of the institute involve exactly? (Framework conditions? Publications? Courses? Lectures? Congress?...)

Formation and Training Courses and Programs; Language Courses (Hebrew, Greek, Latin); Awareness Seminars; Consultation and Workshops; Bible Study Classes; Publications; Net Working (Hundred thousands Friends of the Bible).

What magazines, periodicals, books, manuals, work aids, methodological instructions etc. does your institute publish?

No regular Magazine is published; Posters, Flyers, Annual Calendar.

What do you consider to be the most important service of your institute?

Making the Holy Bible accessible to thousands of believers; Bringing Word of God closer to the Catholic Christians.

How do you evaluate the work of your institute?

It is young but has struggled hard to convince people of its Bible ministry and to make its Bible ministry Visible. Given awareness for love for the Word of God.

What are the most important developments that you are dealing with at present?

Hundred thousands friends of the Bible; Bible Marathon Pakistan 2012 (Sunday 30th September – Saturday 6th October 2012); Greek-Urdu Interlinear (Ecumenical Project); Ecumenical Translation of the Bible; Catholic Exegesis of the Bible (based on the New Jerome Biblical Commentary); Assisting to organize Bible Study in various Parishes; Bible through Media.

What are the main difficulties your institute is confronted with in its work?

The main difficulties are finances for running the office and other programs.

What challenges do you perceive for your institute at present?

Preparing Catholic Exegesis of the Bible in Urdu; Training of Bible leaders and Animators; Creating and strengthening Bible Groups in the Parishes, Convincing Church leadership of the importance and centrality of the bible; Continuous search of local donations.

What hopes, dreams and visions do you have for your institute?

To have a Pakistan Biblical Institute for deeper study of Biblical Sciences, To lay out a “bible Village”; to have a bible Museum; bring Bible on and through Media.

To what extent does your institute support laypeople in the Church and in society?

Word of God being the “Sacramental Altar” of the Laity our top priority is laypeople. While Religious and Clergy receive many opportunities and forums, CBCP has decided to invest all its ministry and struggle in favour of laypeople.

How do you communicate your experiences and results to the respective local church, to neighbouring local churches and to other addressees (e.g. institutions affiliated to you)?

Through programs, visits and sharing in every Diocese and main parishes, Institutes, Schools, Seminaries. Through publishing articles in Christian magazines. Printing posters and flyers and sending to every Parish, Religious Houses, Institutes. Sharing annual Report of CBC with Major Superiors Leadership Conference Pakistan and Pakistan Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Through board meeting of Pakistan Bible Society and Institutes of other Churches.

To what extent does cooperation with the Bishops’ Conference of your country or with your diocese take place?

CBCP has a Representative on its Board from every Diocese. There exist a full moral and pastoral support for bible ministry form all Dioceses, Religious Congregations and other church based Institutes. Direct Financial support is very limited.

What linkages/networks are in existence at national level?

CBCP has a national Board. Every Diocese has a Representative on CBCP Board. Every Diocese has a Diocesan Committee in the Diocese for CBCP. In many Parishes there share CBCP Animators/bible Leaders.

What linkages/networks are in existence at international level?

CBCP is full member of Catholic Bible Federation (CBF) and CBF in Asia. For financial assistance for our programs and project CBCP contacts with mission, Germany, Kirche in Not, Funding Organizations, some Dioceses in Germany, Bible Institute India, Mombay, Dei Verbum Centre Nemi, Rome.

What kind of interreligious cooperation does take place with non-Christian religions?

It is dangerous in a Fundamentalist Islamic context and state like Pakistan. Some scholarly and expertise exchange on translation work.

What kind of ecumenical cooperation does take place with non-Catholic churches?

It is fantastic. CBCP is full member on Board of Pakistan Bible Society. CBCP works in close cooperation with expertise and professionals of United Bible Society (UBS) Asia Pacific Region on translation of the Bible. There is an ever growing cooperation with non-Catholic Churches in the field of Translation and Course on Exegesis, Biblical Languages.

Which theological mergers/associations are you affiliated with (personally or as an institute)?

Personally: Member of Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians (EATWOT), Member/Country representative in Asian Theological Conference (ATC).

As an Institute: full member of Catholic Biblical Federation; Board member of Pakistan Bible Society (PBS).

How can we assist you with your intercontinental exchanges and with exchanges between the continents?

Keeping CBCP on your lists of contacts and exchange; Putting CBCP in contact with other Institutes working for the same Vision and Cause; Exchange of information regarding bible Training and Formation Course for Laity; Recommending our vision and cause to possible Donors.

  1. It would be interesting to know among other things whether course participants are active at parish, diocesan or supra-diocesan level and whether courses are attended by priests, religious or laypeople.
  2. It would be interesting to know among other things whether the staff members of the institute are priests, religious or laypeople.